In the name of God Amen; the twelfth day of October in years of the reign of our sovereign Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland king defender of the faith etc the sixteenth and of Scotland the two and fiftieth, 1618. I RICHARD WINCH the elder of Bray in the county of Berk yeoman, being weak in body but thanks be given to God in perfect memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say): First I commend my soul unto Almighty God and to Jesu Christ my redeemer and Saviour in whom I do trust to be saved by the merits of his most precious death and bloodshedding; and my body to be buried in the Parish Church of Bray; Inprimis; I do give unto the Cathedral Church of Sarum xiid. ITEM; I do give and bequeath unto every one of my cousin SIMON WINCHE’s children that are my brother’s son Symon’s children ten shillings apiece of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give and bequeath unto my Godson WILLIAM LEWYN thirty shillings of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto RICHARD SPRATLEY my godson the son of ROGER SPRATLEY xxs of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto JAMES SKYNNER my kinsman sometimes my servant xs of lawful English money. ITEM; I do give unto JOHN WINCHE’s two children of Braywick JOHN WINCH and MARGARET WINCH vs apiece of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto John Golding it was sometime my servant ten shillings of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto Margaret Webb sometime my servant xs of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto Elizabeth Skynner sometimes my servant one bedstead one feather bed or flock bed as my executrix shall think good with the furniture unto them belonging. ITEM; I do give unto every poor household inhabiting a dwelling in Altwood Bray town and Braywick xiid apiece of lawful English money. ITEM; I do give unto ELIZABETH WINCH the daughter of my son JAMES WINCH my press cupboard in my chamber. ITEM; I do give unto Susan Smart two years rent of the house she dwells in. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my kinsman RICHARD WINCH the Prince’s Servant xs of lawful money of England. ITEM; I do give unto my son James Winch my best suit of wearing apparel. ITEM; I give unto JANE WINCH my son’s daughter xxs of lawful money of England. ITEM; my desire is it my son James Winch should defray the whole charges of my funeral expenses. All the rest of my goods and chattels unbequeathed I do give unto my daughter ANN SMYTH whom I do ordain and make my full and whole executrix and to see my body buried my debts paid and my legacies fulfilled; and also I do ordain constitute and make my loving kinsmen my brother ROBERT’s sons SYMON WINCH and RICHARD WINCH of Reading my overseers of this my last will and testament and I do give unto each of them twenty shillings apiece. In witness whereof I have set to my hand and seal the day and year above written – Richard Winch – in the presence of Symon Winch
Proved 14th March 1618/9 by Ann Smyth Executrix and natural daughter
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